English Heritage: Maiden Castle

English Heritage: Maiden Castle
Winterborne Monkton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9EY
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With its impressive size, Maiden Castle is the finest and largest Iron Age hillfort in Europe, and provides important proof of the British resistance to the Roman invasion in 43 AD. The multiple ramparts which were mostly built in the 1st century BC would have at one point protected hundreds of residents.

Archaeologists have excavated interesting pieces of Maiden Castle's history including a Neolithic enclosure from about 3500 BC, a Roman temple built in the 4th century AD and evidence of an Iron Age cemetery.

The castle is two miles south of Dorchester, off A354. Parking is available but there are only approximately 20 spaces. Dogs are welcome but should be kept on a lead because of sheep that graze the site.

Maiden Castle is free to visit and open any reasonable time during daylight hours.

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